22 Best Jane Addams Quotes

22 Best Jane Addams Quotes

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Jane Addams was a American pioneer woman as well as a sociologist, author, and leader of the women’s suffrage movement. She is most known as being one of the prominent figures in the Progressive Era. She died on May 21, 1935 at the age of 74.

“Action is indeed the sole medium of expression for ethics.”

“An unscrupulous contractor regards no basement as too dark, no stable loft too foul, no rear shanty too provisional, no tenement room too small for his workroom as these conditions imply
low rental.”

“Civilization is a method of living and an attitude of equal respect for all people.”

“For ten years I have lived in a neighborhood which is by no means criminal, and yet during last October and November we were startled by seven murders within a radius of ten blocks. A
little investigation of details and motives, the accident of a personal acquaintance with two of the criminals, made it not in the least difficult to trace the murders back to the influence
of war. Simple people who read of carnage and bloodshed easily receive its suggestions. Habits of self-control which have been but slowly and imperfectly acquired quickly break down under
the stress.”

“Hospitality still survives among foreigners, although it is buried under false pride among the poorest Americans.”

“I dreamed night after night that everyone in the world was dead excepting myself, and that upon me rested the responsibility of making a wagon wheel.”

“I had a consuming ambition to possess a miller’s thumb. I believe I have never since wanted anything more desperately than I wanted my right thumb to be flattened as my father’s had become,
during his earlier years of a miller’s life.”

“If the Settlement seeks its expression through social activity, it must learn the difference between mere social unrest and spiritual impulse.”

“If the underdog were always right, one might quite easily try to defend him. The trouble is that very often he is but obscurely ri ght, sometimes only partially right, and often quite
wrong; but perhaps he is never so altogether wrong and pig-headed and utterly reprehensible as he is represented to be by those who add the possession of prejudices to the other almost
insuperable difficulties of understanding him.”

“It is doubtless only during a time of war that the men and women of Chicago could tolerate whipping for children in our city prison, and it is only during such a time that the introduction
in the legislature of a bill for the re-establishment of the whipping post could be possible. National events determine our ideals, as much as our ideals determine national events.”

“Keep friends close but keep enemies closer.”

“Nothing could be worse than the fear that one had given up too soon, and left one unexpended effort that might have saved the world.”

“Of all the aspects of social misery nothing is so heartbreaking as unemployment.”

“Our doubts are traitors and make us lose the good we often might win, by fearing to attempt.”

“Social advance depends quite as much upon an increase in moral sensibility as it does upon a sense of duty.”

“The common stock of intellectual enjoyment should not be difficult of access because of the economic position of him who would approach it.”

“The essence of immorality is the tendency to make an exception of myself.”

“The good we secure for ourselves is precarious and uncertain until it is secured for all of us and incorporated into our common life.”

“The task of youth is not only its own salvation but the salvation of those against whom it rebels.”

“True peace is not merely the absence of war, it is the presence of justice.”

“We fatuously hoped that we might pluck from the human tragedy itself a consciousness of a common destiny which should bring its own healing, that we might extract from life’s very
misfortunes a power of cooperation which should be effective against them.”

“What after all, has maintained the human race on this old globe despite all the calamities of nature and all the tragic failings of mankind, if not faith in new possibilities, and courage
to advocate them.”